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My hysterectomy saved my life!
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PLEASE READ: My hysterectomy saved my life!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'd like to chime in and share my story. Much has happened to me since I've posted last. I'm 46, and had gyn problems that came out of nowhere ending with a complete hysterectomy by a gyn oncologist last May. I feel the need to mention that prior to this I had an emergency D&C in Feb. that reported complete b9 findings. Another in April, with ablation that came back as complex hyperplasia with atypia! In retrospect I'm so grateful that my gyn dr did yet another D&C before that ablation or we would not have known about all the abnormal findings. Btw, not a fan of ablations, and now I know a great deal of doctors are not as well. Thank goodness all the final path from the hysterectomy showed that all the abnormal cells had not crossed over into any cancers, and no additional treatment was needed. I was put on a vivelle low dose HRT patch, and merrily went on my way. The surgery itself was laparoscopic and honestly one of the easiest surgeries I'd ever had. Pain was minimal, I was a good little patient with healing. Took it very seriously, rested, no lifting, and did not over do things.
So this is the big shocker I wanted to share. Come July I pop into my breast specialist office for what I thought was a quick six month follow up. My last mammogram and ultra sound were in February. Other then some micro calcifications that they've been keeping an eye on everything's was reported normal, and the calcifications very stable. My breast specialist was almost ready to leave the room when I almost forgot to mention my hysterectomy, duh! He stopped in his tracks! He said breast health much like uterine health can have slightly abnormal findings that kind of sit on the fence for a while, and then just take off in a bad direction. He said in light of my gyn issues, he changed his mind about just monitoring these breast calcifications, he now wanted to biopsy them. Thank God he did! A stereotactic biopsy confirmed I had a very small, low grade non invasive BREAST CANCER! This early finding saved my life. Even scarier this cancer turned out to be estrogen receptor positive,which means it relies on estrogen for its growth. Very scary news since I was now on an estrogen patch.
I share this news with you ladies not in any way to frighten or alarm you. I'm sharing this because I now know that breast, and uterine health are so closely related. I urge you to keep those mammogram appointments. To discuss at length with your doctors your overall health, and how hormones effect other body parts. Sometimes when we have one health problem we focus so intensely on it, and forget the rest of the picture. Im so grateful I followed up with my breast specialist that day. I honestly had considered postponing it to take my kids to the water park. I was just so tired of being at the doctors from all my gyn problems. I wanted to take a break from it all and enjoy the summer with my children. The truth of the matter is that NOTHING is more important than taking care of ourselves.
The last few months I've been living on the breastcancer.org website. This is another wonderful resource much like this site, with very helpful information about prevention, treatment, and enormous support within the discussion boards. I'm going to be fine! I was lucky, very, very lucky. When we hear the words early detection saves lives its not just a slogan, but rather the absolute straight forward truth! Thank you hystersisters for sending out reminders for women to get their mammograms with this breast cancer awareness month!!
Best wishes to all you sisters!
10-17-2012 - 12:30 PM
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